150 parachute jumps, 71 hours in space 48 turns around the Earth, a 4 mile fall to reach the surface. That’s what the first woman to be launched into space endured during her journey to accomplish one of the most iconic flights in the history of space travel. And if that isn’t remarkable enough, her legacy will include inspiring thousands of young girls and women of all ages to reach their dreams and advance women’s roles in space exploration.
Who knew falling to Earth would launch her to the Heavens and blaze a trail to the stars for other women to follow.
Valentina Tereshkova’s journey to the cosmos, galvanized a global community of women ready and willing to accept the risk, challenges and scrutiny associated with putting women in space. And although it took 20 years after her initial flight for the next group of women to get their chance, Valentina will always be remembered as taking that first giant leap for womankind!
For me personally, her story stands as a beacon of light for all women searching for inspiration to achieve their dreams as well as an invitation to become an inspiration to others. So, let your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more!
Valentina is the Bright Lighter who inspires us to reach for the stars and while we’re at it, bring others along for the ride.